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CityPlace foes lose appeal before Board of Supervisors

Plans to break ground for a mid-level retail mall on Market Street — CityPlace — are underway for the summer of 2011, say project consultants.

Though the prospective tenants are “highly confidential,” the developer, Urban Realty, is actively seeking retailers to fill the three vacant buildings on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, one of which is the old St. Francis Theater.

The Planning Commission’s approval of the project’s environmental review in July  was appealed by Livable City. The appeal was  unanimously rejected by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

A subsurface parking lot with nearly 200 spaces and concerns about historic preservation of the vacant buildings were the most contentious issues regarding CityPlace.